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“Nice place”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Firefly Tosa

Firefly Tosa
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Ranked #240 of 1,504 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Bar Scene, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Watertown Plank Road
Description: Our philosophy is simple: to offer a modern twist on classic comfort food and libations with a focus on great taste and creativity. We pride ourselves on using all fresh ingredients to create for you some of the best and most innovative craft cocktails and menu items around.
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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126 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Nice place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

A very groovy bar scene. A nice choice of appetizers, sandwiches and entrees you'll have a hard time deciding what to order.

Visited July 2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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118 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Good food, good service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

Visited Firefly on a Friday night right after work around 5. The main dining area was pretty empty so they seated us in the lounge behind the bar. Our server was very attentive and explained to us how the menu had just changed that day. We ordered the mushroom flatbread and the nachos as appetizers. Both dishes were nice sized but not overwhelmingly large where you are too full for the main entree. The flatbread in particular was very good with very fresh ingredients. The nachos were a nice sized portion with a little cheese, which we both enjoyed.
We both ordered the grilled salmon over rice. We both remarked that the avocado on the salmon made it seem like it was a salmon roll deconstructed. It worked though. The salmon was prepared nicely and definitely on the tender side and certainly not dry. The rice had a nice flavor and the spinach was very fresh.
We both finished the entree and did not have room for dessert. We will definitely return!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank civicnation
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108 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2013

We went there for dinner for a birthday. The food was top notch and the service great. They offer an appetizer happy hour until 6:30 pm with a selection of half price appetizers as well as drink specials. They were very willing to change the salmon with rice to salmon with mashed potatoes, no questions asked. We ordered three appetizers and the salmon. Very happy with almost everything. The calamari was just a little overcooked and slightly chewy. The sauce had a strong taste of cilantro, which we both dislike. That wasn't mentioned on the menu, but it's more a taste issue for us. Most people seem to like cilantro. The lettuce wraps and hummus plate were very good. I would have liked the grilled pita a little warmer but it was still good. The salmon was outstanding as were the mashed potatoes.
The best part was dessert. The warm chocolate bombe was incredible. Definitely save room for it!!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Paul_and_DebbieWI
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Germantown, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Don't pass it by!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2013

This is a great place to meet friends or have a couple's night out. They have a great atmosphere and have a great happy hour menu with both drinks and food. Their regular menu has something for everyone and the food is very good and tasty. The bar area in the back of the restaurant is particularly nice for adults to sit and enjoy themselves since there can be a lot of families with children in the front area. It is a very busy place so reservations are a must if you are in a hurry.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Jacquie G
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“An average restaurant, that could easily be so much better!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

When a person, or couple, decides to go out to dinner, there are certain expectations. We of course don't want to cook ourselves at that time and are looking to be served. Most people don't need to have their backsides "kissed" all evening, but I believe we all want and really appreciate attentive, efficient, and friendly service.
We also of course, are spending some hard earned money and desire value for our dollar.
Restaurant patrons want great tasting food delivered in fair portions. If we are having some alcoholic drinks, we want those drinks to be tasty, yes, but we also want to feel that there is alcohol in the drink.
This is where Firefly goes awry. While the prices are fair and the food portions can not be complained about, the tastes and flavors are good, but not "to die for". Now that can be totally acceptable, as no one can expect that each meal out, is always going to be better than the last. Also, more often than not, 5-star meals come with 5-star prices, and many people are not always in need of that. Sometimes just plain 'ole "good" is A-ok.
However, throw in very mediocre service and very little alcohol in the drinks, and a restaurant that might have been a solid "go to" place to grab a nice bite, just became one you have to contemplate crossing off your list. What a shame!
My party of 4 had various drinks, all of which tasted fine, but all of which were "alcohol challenged". Neither myself, nor my wife and friends, are ever out to get soused at a dinner, but yes, I do want to feel that relaxing effect of a good drink. 2 full drinks each, and I can honestly say, none of us felt the slightest bit buzzed, happy or relaxed.
As far as service:...while we were seated promptly at our reservation time, and then did receive our order, we were then left pretty much to ourselves the rest of the time, with no checking in to see if we would like another drink or anything else. At the very end, we were served with the bill, and 2 credit cards sat on the folded guest check presenter for nearly 25 minutes. Finally, we needed to bother someone to take care of it so we could actually leave.
Bottom line: Go to Firefly at your own risk and you will enjoy some nice food. However, when you have no one checking to see if you can get another alcohol drink with no alcohol, just remember, you were warned!

  • Visited May 2013
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